Updated:DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
A Decatur woman is accused of killing her 3-year-old granddaughter in a brutal beating.
Selena Rivera, 42, made her first court appearance Monday afternoon. According to an arrest warrant, she beat her granddaughter, Nivea Pinckney, with a silver pipe. The alleged incident took place in her Decatur townhome Aug. 21.
The girl's 8-year-old sister told investigators Rivera shoved the toddler into a closet after the beating and when she brought her out, Pinckney was no longer breathing.
An autopsy showed extensive blunt-force trauma from her head to her legs.
The warrant said Pinckney had several scars from past injuries.
Neighbors were surprised to hear about the allegations.
“She seemed like a sweet lady,” one neighbor told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri.
Rivera will remain jailed until a superior court judge makes a decision regarding her bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.